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Reslicing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The conventional wisdom has been that transportation in our region was responsible for about a third of our Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Metro has just commissioned a new inventory of emissions, and came up with a lower number, about 25%.

Of that, about 3/5ths is “local passenger traffic” (i.e., cars) and 2/5ths is our long distance travel (planes, trains, etc.). Transit is a fraction of a percent and local freight is small as well.

The interesting finding in Metro’s inventory is that “materials” make up almost half of emission sources. Materials include the stuff you buy (that flatscreen) and the food you eat. Interestingly, when you trace it back, about a quarter of the emissions from those materials are from transportation (getting them to you – so long-distance freight becomes significant).

Food for thought.

Greenhouse Gas Strategies

Portland State University
Center for Transportation Studies
Spring 2010 Transportation Seminar Series

Speaker: Lewisom Lem, Principal Consultant and Climate Change Practice Leader, Jack Faucett Associates

Topic: Promising Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategies for the Transportation Sector: Low Carbon Fuels, Leveraging Transit with Smart Growth, and Ports and Goods Movement Opportunities

When: Friday, April 16, 2010, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204

Focus on SB 1059

The Oregon Environmental Council would like you to support SB 1059.

The bill (PDF) would direct the Departments of Transportation and Land Conservation and Development to develop land use and transportation “scenarios” to reduce greenhouse gases and create administrative rules to direct the six major metropolitan areas in the state to create plans to meet State greenhouse gas goals.

This bill is based on the recommendations of a panel created by the last legislative session. One outcome would likely be to create the framework under which Metro would need to conform the RTP to GHG goals.

Here’s the direct action link.